A has no friends. No parents. No family. No possessions. No home, even. Because every day, A wakes up in the body of a different person. Every morning, a different bed. A different room. A different house. A different life. A is able to access each person's memory, enough to be able to get through the day without parents, friends, and teachers realizing this is not their child, not their friend, not their student. Because it isn't. It's A. Inhabiting each person's body. Seeing the world through their eyes. Thinking with their brain. Speaking with their voice. It's a lonely existence--until, one day, it isn't. A meets a girl named Rhiannon. And, in an instant, A falls for her, after a perfect day together. But when night falls, it's over. Because A can never be the same person twice. But yet, A can't stop thinking about her. She becomes A's reason for existing. So each day, in different bodies--of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, walks of life--A tries to get back to her. And convince her of their love. But can their love transcend such an obstacle? Amazon.com Review Amazon Best Books of the Month, September 2012: Every Day is technically for young adults, but the premise of this unusual book goes much deeper. It asks a question that will resonate with the young and old alike: Can you truly love someone regardless of what they look like on the outside? The main character, A, wakes up every morning in a different body. Day to day, A can be male or female, any ethnicity, any size, and in any type of household. The only constant is that he (we'll go with that pronoun for convenience) is 16. A has been body jumping for as long as he can remember, and he has learned to not leave behind any trace of his presence--until he meets Rhiannon. For the first time in his life, A feels a true connection with another person. But can she love him back? Levithan handles their romance with great aplomb, building to a poignant and beautiful ending that took my breath away. --Caley Anderson Amazon Exclusive: Day 5909, a Story by Author David Levithan Every morning, [the book's main character] A wakes up in a different body and a different life. The novel Every Day starts on Day 5994 of A's life. For this story, I wanted to go back to a day in A's life before Every Day. Think of this as A recounting a few passing moments from his past. --David Levithan Download the short story [PDF] An Essay from the Author: A Similar Kind of Love Song Recently I was reading an interview in OUT magazine with Romy Madley Croft, the lead singer of the band the xx. Croft, talking about coming out, told the reporter, aIf I was singing about a guy, I would probably be singing a similar kind of love song, really.a And I was struck that the same thing applied to my writingaespecially with my new book, Every Day. Every Day is about A, who wakes up each morning in a different body and a different life. Itas not giving anything away to say that in the first chapter, A falls in love with a girl name Rhiannon . . . and that their relationship is rather complicated. So there I wasaa gay man, writing from the point of view of a character who is neither gay or straight, male or female. A has no inherent race, no inherent religion. A has grown up without friends, without family. A is purely a self. Whereas I, in my culturally and societally constructed life, am not. It should have been hard to write as A, but it wasnat. Because I found that, no matter which body A was in, I was singing a similar kind of love song. Ever since Boy Meets Boy, my first novel, was published, Iave received thousands of letters and emails from readers. Some of the most interesting ones have been from people who were surprised that they, non-gay or non-male, identified so deeply with the love story. Love is love, more than one reader wrote to me. And I thought, yes, thatas it exactly. (I almost want to put it as a tip on my website, for all those students who write to me telling me their teacher has assigned them to identify the central theme in my work. Well, there it is. Love is love.) In Every Day, I wanted to look at that theme from a variety of angles. I wanted to test that theme, and find its limitations. Where A starts in Every Day is where many of my other charactersamy will grayson in Will Grayson, Will Grayson, for exampleareach at the end of my other novels. That is, they recognize that in order to love and be loved, they must be true to themselves. A is always true in this way. Writing A made me realize that this is one of the more helpful questions you can ask about loveaif I were truly myself, only myself, and not a gender, and not a sexual orientation, and not a race, and not any other external designation . . . what would I want? What would I do? A gets to live this ideal. But Rhiannon, who doesnat change bodies, is challenged to match it. This is the great conflict in the book, and informs one of the questions I posed to myself as I wrote it: Does love indeed conquer all? Or, in other words, does our world always allow love to be love? Again, I come back to that phrase aa similar kind of love song.a I like that she doesnat make them the same. I like that theyare similar. There are certainly different challenges, at some times, in some places, with a gay love story. I often try to illuminate that experience in my writing. But there are also the same universal emotions. Joy is joy. Fear is fear. Vulnerability is vulnerability. Just like music is music, writing is writing, and love is love. Review qFresh, unique, funny, and achingly honest, Levithan brilliantly explores the adolescent conundrum of not feeling like oneself, and not knowing where one belongs. I didn't just read this book a I inhaled it.q aJodi Picoult, NYT bestselling author of Lone Wolf and Between the Lines Entertainment Weekly, August 22, 2012: qRich in wisdom and wit...Levithan keeps the pages turning not only with ingenious twists on his central conceit but with A's hard-earned pieces of wisdom about identity, isolation, and love. Every Day has the power to teach a bully empathy by answering an essential question: What's it like to be you and not me a even if it's just for one day?q New York Times Book Review, August 26, 2012: qIt demonstrates Levithan's talent for empathy, which is paired in the best parts of the book with a persuasive optimism about the odds for happiness and for true love.q Los Angeles Times, September 2, 2012: qIt's the rare book that challenges gender presumptions in a way that's as entertaining as it is unexpected and, perhaps most important, that's relatable to teens who may not think they need sensitivity training when it comes to sexual orientation and the nature of true love. aEvery Day' is precisely such a book...A story that is always alluring, oftentimes humorous and much like love itself a splendorous.q MTV Hollywood Crush, September 28, 2012: qThoughtful and fascinating...A study in the most real and human of concerns: the importance of empathy, the value of friends and family, and the beauty of permanence that we have the luxury of taking for granted.q Boston Globe, September 15, 2012: qAmbitious and provocative...weare not ready to let A go.q Romantic Times, October 2012: qLevithan is a literary genius. His style of writing is brilliant a practically flawless... Reading Aas journey to make love last, in a world that is always changing, is an experience I hope everyone gets to share.q Starred Review, School Library Journal, September 2012: qEvery step of the narrative feels real and will elicit a strong emotional response from readers and offer them plenty of fodder for speculation, especially regarding the nature of love.a Starred Review, Booklist, July 1, 2012: aLevithan has created an irresistible premise that is sure to captivate readersab. [Every Day] is a study in style, an exercise in imagination, and an opportunity for readers themselves to occupy another life: that of A, himself.a Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2012: aAn awe-inspiring, thought-provoking reminder that love reaches beyond physical appearances or gender.a Starred Review, Shelf Awareness, September 7, 2012: qLevithan's unusual love story will make teens think about how the core of the soul never changes. A speaks of faith, love, dreams and death with a wisdom derived from thousands of lives visited over 16 years and firsthand proof of how much humans share rather than what sets them apart.q The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, September 2012: qThis unconventional romance considers some fascinating and unexpected questions about the nature of identity, consciousness, love, and gender...Readers will identify with Aas profound longing for connection, but theyall also be intrigued by the butterfly effect Aas presence may have on numerous other teens who make brief but memorable appearances.q The Horn Book, November 2012: qBrilliantly conceived...[Levithan] shapes the narrative into a profound exploration of what it means to love someone.q Letter Blocks, the BN Parents a Educators blog, August 23, 2012: qA definite crowd-pleaser.q The L Magazine, August 29, 2012: qThe premise allows for stimulating parallels: Aas experience is both like the writeras, who inhabits the consciousnesses of random characters, and the adolescentas, who tries on myriad identities.q From the Hardcover edition.The novel Every Day starts on Day 5994 of Aa#39;s life. For this story, I wanted to go back to a day in Aa#39;s life before Every Day. Think of this as A recounting a few passing moments from his past.
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